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The 10 best Westerns in Hollywood history, revised.

Updated on February 12, 2015

There were many styles of the six shooter.

Clintastic!

Westerns on the Silver Screen!

Once this genre ruled as far west as Hollywood. Though they have passed off the scene somewhat, Westerns still tend to pop back up every now and then. And yes, they still end with a huge shoot out, heard around the world.

Here come the 12 best. Here are the ones that I hated to leave out.

Young Guns- A great cast can carry a film a long way.

The Cowboys- This was a great story with a better ending! John Wayne was awesome. This also had a surprising supporting cast.

Tombstone- This one had potential, but was too dry and had too many empty lead ups.

Butch Casidy and The Sundance Kid- Paul, and Reddy were good together!

Drums along the Mohawk- Henry Fonda was one of the best!

The Unforgiven- I found this to be overrated even though it had a great cast. the story and mission could have been better.

Wyatt Earp- Kevin, of course had to appear at least once on here. With Michael Madsen, Gene Hackman, Jeff Fahey, Tom Sizemore, Mark Harman, and others, it could have been better.

A shoot out for the ages!

The best gun slinging flicks from the old west!

12. Tin Star- Yes, number 12 is a tie. Henry Fonda anchors this with a great break out performance by Anthony Perkins from Psycho. Thank God that Anthony was a lawman and not Norman Bates!

12. Hang em high- Clint appears for the first time today. I loved this battle between good and evil that brings Clint back from the gallows to finish it. Alan Hale Jr. and Bruce Dern appear also.

11. The Wild Bunch- 1969. William Holden and Ernest Borgnine anchor this classic as aging outlaws planning one more heist as the Old West starts to disappear.

10.The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance- 1962 - Jimmy Stewart of all people, plays a senator who straps on a gun, to take down a notorious villain. Jimmy was good in everything he did, but John Wayne played a big role in the twist, as well as the whole movie.

9. The Magnificent Seven- Yul Brenner, Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughn,Charles Bronson, James Coburn, and many others come to the rescue. Based on the 7 Samurai, seven gunmen ride to take on a group of villains, and free an oppressed, Mexican village. Only one of these actors appears again (later) on this list. Do you know who it might be?

The T.V. show with Michael Biehn was good also.


8. True Grit- The John Wayne version was a little better, but I liked the Jeff Bridges version as well.

7. Shane - Alan Ladd is a strange, but welcome drifter that adopts a family. All is well until Jack Palace and his thugs, come calling. And then, there is trouble for everyone.

The best 6 shooters

6. The Searchers- 1960 -John Wayne, Natale Wood, Vera Miles, and Kent Curtis (Festus from Gunsmoke and Country/Western singer) star in this adventure about a .... well, you will just have to watch it! You had to know that the Duke would make this list!

5. Once Upon a time in the West- 1968- The great Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale, and Henry Fonda star in this wild shoot em up. There was a great train scene in this one.

4. Outlaw Josey Wales- This is one of my favorites as Clint Eastwood plays an unstoppable gunslinger. As a hunted hero, there wasn't a posse or any outlaw that could stand in his way, or was there one?

3. Open Range- Costner returns with Robert Duvall in a great story with an epic final shoot out. This was awesome!

2. The Good the Bad and the Ugly- Top of the "spaghetti western" heap! The over hyped Unforgiven was not his best Western. Clint and Lee Van Cleef were great as the Good and the Bad!

Here comes my controversial pick for the best ever!

Can you guess what it is?



The clock continues to click!

Here is the best one ever!

1. High Noon- How can you get any better than the old black and white with Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, and Lee Van Cleef? This movie ran the exact same amount of time, as the story took. That is near impossible and this was the first to do it!

Tell me your favorites and do not forsake me!

The drifter himself, in a great collection!

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    • MikeSyrSutton profile imageAUTHOR

      MikeSyrSutton 

      3 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

      Both were great stories. I thought the cast in Shane really jelled as well as almost any Western I have seen. What did you think of Open Range?

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      Gene Poschman 

      3 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

      For me it would be a toss up between Shane and Hondo for that basic story line. Here the Duke and Geraldine Page are both at their best.

      Here is a thought, the 10 best John Wayne Westerns, from Stagecoach on.

    • MikeSyrSutton profile imageAUTHOR

      MikeSyrSutton 

      3 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

      Yes, very good! He was one of my favorites. His ending was very sad though!

      I have revised my list and replaced two with ones I find to be better.

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      Gene Poschman 

      3 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

      I did misunderstand the question. And I do know the answer. Of that list of five actors, he also played in 5 Have Gun Will Travels as different characters.

      Another actor in The Magnificent Seven that is not in that list of five, played a major role in that film is also in another film of your top ten list. He played a major role in that film also.

    • MikeSyrSutton profile imageAUTHOR

      MikeSyrSutton 

      3 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

      Yes. Are you responding to what I wrote on the piece. If so, I was saying that only one actor from that movie appears again on my list. Its in the top five. Do you know the movie and actor? He was a big name.

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      Gene Poschman 

      3 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

      The Magnificent Seven had only one actor reprise his role in Return of the Seven, , and of course that was Yul Brynner as Chris. There were two other characters that showed from the first, they were Vin, played by Steve McQueen in the first movie and Robert Fuller in the second, and Chico, Horst Buchholz, in the first and Julian Mateos in the second. The second movie must have had a lot smaller budget.

    • MikeSyrSutton profile imageAUTHOR

      MikeSyrSutton 

      3 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

      Ok. Later on the list, one of the actors from the Mag. 7 appears. I would say who, but it is trivia! Do you know who it is?

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      Judy Specht 

      3 years ago from California

      Only one of the actors appears again of here?

    • tirelesstraveler profile image

      Judy Specht 

      3 years ago from California

      Love the hub. "Who Shot Liberty Valance" and Good The Bad and The Ugly are a couple of favorites too.

    • MikeSyrSutton profile imageAUTHOR

      MikeSyrSutton 

      3 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

      Ok. What didn't you understand? Maybe I can fix it.

    • tirelesstraveler profile image

      Judy Specht 

      3 years ago from California

      Didn't understand what you meant about the Magnificent Seven. ?

    • MikeSyrSutton profile imageAUTHOR

      MikeSyrSutton 

      3 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

      Thank you both

    • gposchman profile image

      Gene Poschman 

      3 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

      You have a great list of films, but "The Searchers" directed by John Ford had Jeffery Hunter as the number two player, not Jimmy Stewart. Liberty Valance was the only western the two played together as major players. Both were in "How the West was Won", but had no scenes together, and "The Shootist" where Jimmy Stewart had a cameo because his friend was the main character.

      While I wouldn't put "High Noon" at the top of the list, it was the first western that took the genre to an adult level.

      I preferred "Tombstone" over "Wyatt Earp", but that's what makes horse races and good discussions about good movies.

      Really good Hub.

      Gene Poschman

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      Miran Shuleta 

      3 years ago

      I did not like High Noon whatsoever, found it boring and the ending was predictable. My favourite Western is The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, True Grit is a close second.

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